α-Synuclein is the major amyloidogenic component observed in the Lewy bodies of Parkinson's disease. Amyloid fibrils of α-synuclein prepared in vitro were instantaneously disintegrated by dequalinium (DQ). Double-headed cationic amphipathic structure of DQ with two aminoquinaldinium rings at both ends turned out to be crucial to exert the disintegration activity. The defibrillation activity was shown to be selective toward the fibrils of α-synuclein and Aβ40 while the other β2-microglobulin amyloid fibrils were not susceptible so much. Besides the common cross β-sheet conformation of amyloid fibrils, therefore, additional specific molecular interactions with the target amyloidogenic proteins have been expected to be involved for DQ to exhibit its defibrillation activity. The disintegrating activity of DQ was also evaluated in vivo with the yeast system overexpressing α-synuclein-GFP. With the DQ treatment, the intracellular green inclusions turned into green smears, which resulted in the enhanced cell death. Based on the data, the previous observation that DQ led to the predominant protofibril formation of α-synuclein could be explained by the dual function of DQ showing both the facilitated self-oligomerization of α-synuclein and the instantaneous defibrillation of its amyloid fibrils. In addition, amyloidosis-related cytotoxicity has been demonstrated to be amplified by the fragmentation of mature amyloid fibrils by DQ.
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This study was supported in part by Basic Research Program Grant (R01-2007-000-20089-0) of Korea Science and Engineering and Grant from Seoul R and BD program (10538).
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- Molecular Biology